December 10, 2014
- For SEO to be Effective, Marketers Should “Read” a Page’s Skeleton in HTML
SEO and Marketing have fused together so much because SEO relies heavily on content, so many marketers consider themselves SEO specialists as well. In order to optimize a page, marketers must be able to read the page’s skeleton — which means reading HTML. In order to find, change, and edit meta descriptions, title tags, keywords, or headers, you need to be able to find them by looking at the “bones” of the website.
- To Make a Webpage Look Nice, Marketers Should Understand HTML and CSS
While looks aren’t everything, a messy webpage or blog is less likely to get attention than a clean, attractive looking page. Marketers are almost always in charge of blog creation and posting (as well as website content changes). If you’re looking to do any of the following without bugging the programmers on your team, learn basic HTML and CSS so you can:
- Embed Images, Audios, and Videos
- Format (Bold, Underline, Appropriate spaces)
- Assign Headers
- Change Colors/Fonts/Themes/Tables
All of that, plus more, takes a very small amount of time with basic HTML and CSS knowledge.
- Effective Email Marketing is Better Without a Template (aka Changing the HTML and CSS)
While email marketing services like MailChimp, provide nice templates for marketers to use, customers always appreciate that extra touch, which means knowing how to customize a template. While uploading content to the email template is simple, changing how the template looks requires a bit of programming knowledge. Having this knowledge will get you better looking (and most likely better performing) email campaigns.
- To A/B Test, Marketers Should Know HTML and CSS
A/B testing is not just for website homepages – blogs and internal company pages can be A/B tested to test effectiveness and conversion. While this task may fall to the developers on the team, it’s more effective to have it handled by the marketers, as they have an understanding of the customer and where/why they will click on certain parts of the website. In order to move a “Contact” button or social share button around, marketers will need to understand HTML to move it and CSS to make it look nice.
Demian Squiersky, Head of Marketing at Wideo, a DIY animated video production platform, worked in front-end development before moving to marketing. We asked him if his experience helped him transfer to the marketing world and advice on marketers learning to code. He notes:
Marketers that have basic coding skills communicate with the greater team better, as they have a good idea of what is practical for a website. Communicating with developers can be tricky, but with an understanding of their “language” the entire team can run more effectively and smoothly.
Image Source: localsearchgroup.com
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